Life in the Time of Corona Virus and the Earth Stood Still

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


Life in the Time of Corona Virus and the Earth Stood Still

I suppose that my experiences, circumstances, aggravation and all other negative elements associated with the Pandemic are similar to most other people except perhaps in one unusual element.

I’ll start with a brief, but not too personal bio. I am a septuagenarian, Vietnam Vet, (Army Intelligence Agent/Analyst), former businessman, retired Deputy Sheriff, and currently enjoying a leisurely life as an author. My other favorite and current position is as a grandfather and great-grandfather. This will come up later as an interesting and unique situation.

Just as so many millions and perhaps billions, I’ve gone through the same great difficulties that the raging virus has created. I’ve been spared one major nearly crippling event is that I did not have a job to lose. Most of my income comes from pensions. The only change has been the flow of royalties. I understand. It is more important to pay the rent and buy food than to spend money on a book. I wish it were not so, but I look at it as a temporary setback. The key is to survive until Covid-19 runs its course and the world starts spinning again and opens for business once again.

My one worry is that I am among those that are likely to have a more difficult time surviving if infected. Age, underlying conditions and the worst element is that doctors nor hospitals are likely to exercise exceptional efforts trying to save me. I’ll be on the list for what is referred to as “comfort care” which is not much more than scheduled shots of morphine to keep me relaxed until I fade into oblivion.

My activities, other than writing more than usual includes a weekly visit to the supermarket. Preparation for the shopping trip is a bit of an ordeal. Most important is the mask and gloves. I’ve thought of wrapping myself in bubble wrap, but not just yet.

After shopping, I make sure to disinfect and scrub my hands and face. I share my home with a granddaughter and two great-grandkids, both of whom suffer from asthma and I have to be extra careful around them. The girl is eleven and the boy is nine. There is interaction among us but no close contact any more. I have not hugged them or even touched them since the beginning of this mess.

All my other grandkids and great-grandkids live nearby but close contact with them has also been put on hold. Face time has become the only acceptable option. I did have a visit with one of them who is just learning to walk, but with a glass front door as a safety shield.

As mentioned earlier, there is one unusual situation involving my great-grandkids. At the start of the quarantine and social distancing conditions, I had 7 great-grandkids. At the end of April, a new great-granddaughter was born, and even though she lives in my house, I have not gotten closer than three feet from her since she came home. A new great-grandson was born just a week later. I’ve seen him only in photos. The family expansion continues with another great-granddaughter due next week. This brings the total of great-grands to ten-all since the dreaded virus began its relentless and fatal invasion.

I will, hopefully, reach three-quarters of a century in a few weeks. My immediate goal is to avoid infestation and live long enough to interact and enjoy the latest additions to my beautiful family.

Definitely – Not the End.

 

 


Submitted: May 04, 2020

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